The Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Every State
It comes as no surprise that February 14 just happens to be one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. In fact, almost one quarter of the population will dine out on Cupid’s favorite holiday according to the National Restaurant Association. Not sure where to go? We’ve identified a very special restaurant in each state that will ensure your evening is filled with delectable cuisine—and a taste of romance.
Courtesy The Benedetto Restaurant
Located in the heart of Harvard Square, The Charles Hotel is home to two acclaimed restaurants. Enjoy a four-course pairing menu at Chef Michael Pagliarini’s newest venture, Benedetto. Don’t miss the Antipasti San Valentino, a grand antipasti platter meant to be shared. Or head to Henrietta’s Table’s where you can indulge in the new dessert menu that is the perfect sweet ending to Valentine’s Day dinner. Try the araguani chocolate budino with honey crunch, brûléed quince, and caramel gelato, upside down maple pear cake, or chocolate bread pudding.
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The historic Lady of the House in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood is perfect for date night as the menu often features meals for two—not to mention the roaring fireplace that was made for romance. The menu demonstrates a passion for knowledge and technique, with special emphasis on freshness and creativity. Mouthwatering appetizers include steak or tuna tartare, while entrees such as prime rib for two or whole-roasted chicken are hard to resist.
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With a name that translates to “abounding with fish,” Pescara in Rochester goes to great lengths to serve the most sustainable, line-caught fish available. Wild Alaskan halibut, wild Alaskan, Scottish, or Atlantic salmon, Hawaiian Ahi tuna, Costa Rican mahi mahi, and Icelandic Arctic char are just some of the options that are shipped in from around the world.
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With 14 booths, The Alluvian will feel like a private hideaway for you and your date. Located in the historic Delta town of Greenwood, the charming restaurant serves Southern classics to tempt your palate including seafood gumbo, fried green tomatoes with jumbo lump crabmeat, Delta catfish cakes or Cajun shrimp and grits. Bread pudding with bourbon caramel is a lusciously rich way to end the meal.
Courtesy Big Cedar Lodge
Osage Restaurant is the cornerstone dining experience at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, the top-ranked resort in the Midwest as named by Travel + Leisure. Featuring upscale regional cuisine in a stunning dining room with sweeping Ozark Mountain views, Osage Restaurant is a fascinating destination where guests can linger long after their meal. Only-in-Missouri menu items include the seared bison fondue and hearty elk sausage, potato and kale soup. After getting your fill of Ozarks-inspired appetizers, Valentine’s Day worthy main dishes include a 28-day aged filet, pan seared halibut, and grilled rack of lamb. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the Ozark mud pie.
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Pompey’s Grill, located in the historic Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks, aspires to envelop guests in a warm, elegant atmosphere. Don’t miss Pompey’s Grill‘s signature Manilla clams, fresh Manilla clams steamed in a red curry coconut lime broth with fresh basil and mint. If they don’t put your date in an amorous mood, we don’t know what will! Be sure to browse this Valentine’s Day gift guide so you don’t show up empty-handed to dinner.
Courtesy Visit Omaha
The Grey Plume in Omaha focuses on seasonally driven contemporary American fare with an emphasis on locally grown produce and livestock. Duck ravioli or Steelhead trout are delicious starters and the homemade buttermilk agnolotti or Beaufort mahi-mahi are too good to pass up. Can’t make up your mind what to order? Try the four-, five- or eight-course tasting menu.
Courtesy Travel Nevada
With stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and striking views of mountains, pines, and glistening sapphire Lake Tahoe, Edgewood Restaurant is hard to beat. Diners can watch the sun set over the mountains surrounding the lake while enjoying seared sea bass, tiger shrimp, crushed fingerling potatoes, snap peas, lobster bisque and herb crusted rack of Colorado lamb with asparagus. Edgewood Restaurant was recently selected as one of the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America for 2017 by OpenTable diners.
New HampshireCourtesy Bedford Village Inn
The Bedford Village Inn Restaurant in Bedford will be serving a special four-course prix-fixe dinner in their AAA Four Diamond-Rated restaurant—be sure to ask for a table by one of its many fireplaces when you make your reservation. Sit back and relax in the warm atmosphere with a handcrafted winter cocktail before indulging in regionally sourced cuisine including Cape Cod oysters, pan-roasted Scottish Salmon, and local mushroom and ricotta lasagna.
Courtesy The Reeds at Shelter Haven
Couples don’t need to wait until the summer for a reason to visit the New Jersey Shore. Stone Harbor’s Sax at The Reeds is offering a prix-fixe dinner February 9 to 16 with a wine pairing. Starters include grilled octopus or beef tartar, and guests can select such entrees as grilled lobster tail with risotto and romanesco or filet with latkes, asparagus and bordelaise.